Do you suffer from back pain?
Is it affecting your life?
If you do… you are definitely not alone…
Throughout evolution, the human body has been carefully designed by nature to work in harmony with its environment.
However, we now live in a society that’s moving faster than evolution itself. And as we become ever more disconnected from natural evolution, we’re walking less and less, but sitting longer and longer.
If we’re not sitting at a desk working, we´re sitting on the couch or in a car – all bad postures that apply stress and tension to our spine.
Today there’s an epidemic of people suffering from back pain.
In the United States, 149 million work days are lost each year through bad backs, costing the economy over $100 billion.
These statistics are reflected globally. In Europe, for instance, low back pain is the most common cause of disability in young adults.
We´ve lost flexibility, we´ve lost strength, we´ve lost the ability to move as our bodies were designed.
In fact, back pain affects every area of life – from work, to family to close personal relationships.
So my passion, as a back-care specialist, is to find solutions that help people regain full freedom, whether at home, at work or at play.
Years of research have convinced me that nobody needs to live with debilitating back pain.
It can be treated. Better still, it can be prevented.
I’ve watched thousands of people turn their lives around using systems and techniques that I’ve developed over many years.
All these techniques are based on the latest scientific research.
And yet they’re not complicated. My techniques are simple and easy. They can even be fun.
Best of all, they work!
The confusing thing about lower back pain is that in 85% of cases there’s no associated pathology. In other words, no bone neoplasia (tumour), no infection, no disease associated with the pain.
The problem, rather, is functional or mechanical.
“Back strains or sprains imply some degree of muscle stretching or microscopic tearing of the muscle fibres and/or ligaments. Pain results from mechanical or chemical irritation of nerve fibres” (2)
Let me explain this through a simple experiment:
Bend your finger back until it hurts. A biopsy of the finger won´t reveal a tumor, infection or lesion because there is none. But if you release your finger and let it return to its ¨position of comfort,¨ the pain will subside. Naturally.
We need to reorient our thinking about back pain, sciatica and conditions like lumbago.
And that means focusing on correct function rather than pathology.
Your spine is made up of 24 moveable segments called vertebra.
Each vertebra is a bony structure designed to protect your delicate nervous system and give structural support to your body.
Between these vertebrae are intervertebral discs – shock absorbers that act against gravity and help hold the vertebra together.
The spine incorporates our nervous system and is therefore the most important part of our body. Nerve impulses stretch through the spine and control everything.
When the spine is not functioning correctly, we suffer pain and degeneration.
In good, standing posture there are three dynamic curves to the spine. But when we sit for long periods, these curves come under added pressure.
Studies show that pressure on the intervertebral discs from sitting is 30% greater than from standing.
After ten years of age, the discs have no internal blood supply. They are nourished instead through pressure changes created by movement of the spine.
Lack of circulation to the disc leads to degeneration which can cause pain, stiffness, and start a vicious cycle of inactivity.
Recent literature states: “One of the main characteristics of back pain is that it often runs a fluctuating or recurring course. An isolated acute attack with no previous history and complete recovery is rare. Each attack or episode may be against a background of recurrent attacks or persisting minor symptoms” (5)
An understanding of what causes back pain, coupled with simple changes in lifestyle, can greatly reduce the pain. In most cases, the pain may even be completely eliminated.
In my years as a back specialist, I’ve watched low back pain become a worldwide epidemic.
Statistics show that “… 80% of the adult population in modernized countries will experience back pain in their life. Next to the common cold, it causes the most absences from work and decreases the quality of life for millions of people” (6)
My own childhood was marred from watching a close family member suffer acute back pain.
My whole family was penalized through missed work days, economic hardship, and finally surgery and disability.
Initially I felt helpless, then I gained strength from believing that one day I would be able to help others to avoid similar hardship.
This thought still drives my professional life today.
There’s a great deal of misinformation and confusion around low back pain.
The pharmaceutical industry promises immediate solutions, but these cause long-term damage to other systems in the body and fail to address the underlying causes of back pain.
My experience as a young boy confirmed that lack of knowledge fuels the problem of back pain.
It also inspired me to devise some simple strategies on HOW to look after your back and regain control of your life.
These strategies are outlined in a free eBook that sets out the top 5 causes of low back pain.
Click on the image below to download your FREE copy
Simple awareness of these causes will set you on the path to a healthy and pain-free life.
- Deyo RA, MD, MPH. Scientific American August: 48-53, 1998 (3)
- Drezner, MD, Herring, MD. Manageing LBP. Steps to optimize function and hasten return to activity. Phys & Sports Med 29(8), 2001. (51)
- Kurtz, MD, Physician & Sports Medicine 25(1): 55-64, 1997. (4)
- McGorry RW, MSBE PT et al. The relation between pain intensity, disability, and the episodic nature of chronic and recurrent LBP. Spine 25(7): 834-841, 2000. (58)
- Waddell G. MD. The Back Pain Revolution. Churchill Livingstone 35, 1998. (57)
- Baviera, 1994